Our non-lecture, learn-by-doing (“living classroom”) model, featuring beautiful classrooms with interactive furniture to allow collaboration with the on-campus Littlest Learners child development center, prepares students to fill responsible positions in the field of early childhood education. The program offers 75 hours of field placement and curricular service learning, allowing students to not only acquire experience in an actual classroom environment, but to also network with our community partners, potentially leading to job placement opportunities.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education degree program provides students with practical and comprehensive instruction about working with pre-K through 3rd grade children.
of the AAS in Early Childhood
Education degree program can expect to find employment in a childcare center or
as an independent childcare provider. Students who choose this curriculum and
desire to transfer to a 4-year college should consult with their Education
faculty advisor at the beginning of their program. Program requirements may
change due to possible new initiatives in the state, and certain specialized
courses may not be transferable to some 4-year institutions.
Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.
Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.
Kris HolockerEducation: M.Ed ELED/Administration Towson University, BS Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Towson University Teaching: EDUC 130, 131, 201 ECE 105 and 115 College Success Interests: Spending time with family, traveling, vacationing on the lake Bio: Mrs. Holocker's career has included teaching first grade, directing before and after school programs, directing summer camps, owning and operating a home child care center, serving as a resource and referral specialist, working with families as a Parents as Teachers Educator, teaching Come Learn with Me Classes, and teaching in an inclusive, public pre-kindergarten program. She began teaching at Carroll in 2006. She is presently the faculty advisor of the Student Education Association.
Education: M.Ed ECE Towson University, BA Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education UMBC
Teaching: ECE 100, 101, 104, 110, 210, 270
Interests: Enjoying her Grandbaby, Ultra and Mountain Running, Camping and Exploring Nature
Bio: Professor Williamson’s career has included teaching preschool and administrating an early care and education program, teaching public school kindergarten, and owning and operating a childcare business. She began teaching at Carroll in 2001. She is presently the ECE Discipline Coordinator as well as the faculty advisor of the Early Childhood Education Club.
Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.
helped me to move up the ladder in the Maryland credentialing program for
teacher education, and I am determined to climb as high as I can.”
–Maria Powers, Early Childhood Education Student
Childhood Education continues to be a robust major at Carroll. The College is
recognized regionally and nationally for its reputation of developing caring
teachers with high-quality skills.”
–Susan Sies, Professor & Division Chair of Education, Transitional Studies and Academic Services
Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your education by earning an associate degree at Carroll, you will pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college.
The minimum time to completion for full-time students (taking 15 -18 credits/semester) who do not require transitional reading, writing or mathematics is typically 4 semesters, totaling 60 credits. Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.
Depending on your situation, advising can help you develop a custom degree plan.
Grants provided by the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund are available for qualified students who possess one year of relevant experience, work in a licensed child care program at least 10 hours per week and are MSDE Child Care Credentialed at Level 2 or higher. Contact Mrs. Heather Bailey ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Other assistance may be available.
Apply for the Maryland State Department of Education tuition assistance program and earn your A.A.S. or A.A.T. in Early Childhood Education at no cost. Download the flyer here.
Additional financial assistance options:
The Early Childhood Education program
offers quality instructional coursework, grounded in relevant research, which
prepares students to lead and teach in a changing, globally-influenced
environment, as well as produce pedagogical leaders who are skilled collaborators,
reflective thinkers and effective decision makers.